A six-year-old girl from Virginia becomes the youngest person to compete in the National Spelling Bee. Tara Cleary reports.
REPORTER: Lori Anne Madison prepares to hear her first word in the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition. At six years old, she's the youngest ever qualifier in the contest and one of 278 competitors. Spelling Bee is a big deal in the U.S. and for some, the anxiety is palpable. But others have learned to take the angst in their stride.
ADAM FERRARI, CONTESTANT FROM NEW YORK: "I am a little nervous, only because I don't know which word I'm going to get, but once I get the word, I'm very calm, I think of the word in my head and I say it letter by letter."
SHEENA WANDIA CHEGE, CONTESTANT FROM SOUTH CAROLINA: "I just try to help make myself relax before I spell my word and take a deep breath and then after I spell it, and I get it right then all the nervousness goes away."
REPORTER: In the end, it was the crop of a bird that got the better of Madison. The champion speller will walk off with $30,000 in cash and other lucrative prizes. Tara Cleary, Reuters.
1. The correct spelling is 'ingluvies'.
2. To find out more about the National Spelling Bee watch the wonderful documentary Spellbound. You can view extracts on YouTube if you can't get hold of the DVD.
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